The Indonesian government has slammed Singapore for withholding the personal information of several Indonesian citizens believed to have shown COVID-19 symptoms in Jakarta.
Jakarta said it was facing difficulties in tracing and isolating those who might have had contact with the patients, now being treated at Singaporean hospitals.
“We have asked for the identities of the Indonesian nationals from Singapore. They did not give us the names.,” the secretary of the Health Ministry’s Disease Control and Prevention Directorate General, Achmad Yurianto, told reporters on Thursday night.
At least five Indonesian nationals tested positive for COVID-19 in Singapore and are being treated at local hospitals. An 64-year-old Indonesian man known as Case 147 arrived in Singapore on March 7 only to be tested positive for the disease the next day.
On Monday, Singapore reported two more imported cases from Indonesia—a 65-year-old male Indonesian national, identified as Case 152, and a 65-year-old Singaporean national, identified as Case 153, who just visited her sister who had pneumonia in Indonesia.
Even after the three cases grabbed media headlines, Singaporean authorities reported at least three more imported cases from Indonesia, one of whom was a family member of Case 152.
Case 170 is a 56-year-old Indonesian woman who arrived in Singapore on March 9 and tested positive for COVID-19 on March 10. She had reported early symptoms on March 6 in Indonesia prior to her departure. The woman, who is related to Case 152, has since been put in isolation at Singapore General Hospital.